Supermoon lights up the sky

The biggest and brightest full moon of the year has been caught on camera around the world. The so-called supermoon appeared up to 14% larger than normal as it swung closer to Earth.

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Stargazers capture Supermoon across the world

Stargazers have caught the biggest and brightest full moon of the year on camera across the world, from Cairo in Egypt, to New York, USA:

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Supermoon caught on camera around the world

The biggest and brightest full moon of the year has been caught on camera around the world. The so-called supermoon appeared up to 14% larger than normal as it swung closer to Earth. Here are some of the best images taken over the weekend.

Supermoon rises over the temple of Poseidon, the ancient Greek god of the seas, in Cape Sounion
Supermoon rises over the temple of Poseidon, the ancient Greek god of the seas, in Cape Sounion Credit: Reuters
Moon is seen rising behind the Mar Elias Greek Orthodox Monastery in Jerusalem
Moon is seen rising behind the Mar Elias Greek Orthodox Monastery in Jerusalem Credit: Reuters
The moon rises behind a street lamp in St Petersburg
The moon rises behind a street lamp in St Petersburg Credit: Reuters
Tourists look at the rising moon from the elevated skywalk of the Supertrees Grove at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore
Tourists look at the rising moon from the elevated skywalk of the Supertrees Grove at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore Credit: REUTERS/Tim Chong
The full moon rises above the New York City skyline
The full moon rises above the New York City skyline Credit: REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

Watchers told to expect 'fleeting look at supermoon'

Skywatchers have been warned they may only have "fleeting" views tonight after weather forecasters predicted cloudy skies for most of the country.

A Perigee Moon rises in the US in 2012. Credit: Wichita Eagle/ABACA/Press Association Images

Billy Payne, forecaster at Meteogroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said:

"There'll be a fair amount of cloud around tonight so we may see a few glimpses. It will be fleeting."By tomorrow night the area of low pressure will have moved to the east.

"The clearest skies will be across southern and western parts of England, although most places will have a good chance of a clear view."

At 4am, the Moon will be around 360,000 km away - compared to 400,000 km at its farthest point.

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'Supermoon' to light up the skies in the early hours

A "supermoon" will grace the skies this weekend, with the satellite expected to appear in its biggest and brightest form this year.

The phenomenon, known as a perigee full moon, occurs when the Moon reaches its closest point to Earth.

The Perigee ot 'supermoon' can be seen around 4am. Credit: Biloxi Sun-Herald/ABACA/Press Association Images

At this time it can appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than when it is farthest from the planet, experts said.

The Moon is expected to appear at its best in the UK in the early hours of tomorrow morning, at around 4am, Dr Robert Massey, of the Royal Astronomical Society, said.

UK skywatchers will then miss the Moon when it hits perigee, the point in its orbit when it is closest to Earth, which is expected at about midday on Sunday.

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